Now that the funding has been approved, the department will buy 13 Glock pistols, along with other equipment listed on the grant application. Police Chief Delmar Hasse says this funding will tremendously help his department.
"We can't afford these items in our budget without doing without something else. We're a small community that pretty much operates on property taxes. Our budget doesn't fluctuate a lot, but it also doesn't have the increases in some equipment that we could use," said Delmar Hasse, Carl Junction, Police Chief.
The L.E.S.T. is a grant board that provides more than $160,000 in funding to smaller law enforcement agencies throughout Jasper County.